In December 2014 I started an (unpaid) internship at a UN-Affiliated Observatory called OCCAM, which basically deals with new technologies for development. The headquarters of this observatory front onto the main square of Milan, so the view from the windows was pretty stunning. Among the many tasks I had, the main one was to help the team in the organisation of a conference called Infopoverty; this conference is being held since 2001 at the UN Headquarters in New York, where high-level participants from all over the world discuss on how the digital revolution can help the less advantaged people of the planet and improve their lives. Therefore I had to invite ambassadors, CEOs, ministers, professors, IGOs and NGOs spokespersons – that was a huge honour for me, as I was feeling like I was talking directly to them; I had also to contact the technicians in New York in order to set up a videoconference session with the European Parliament Office in Milan, to contact the journalists, to prepare press releases…it was exhausting, yet very exciting for a person like me who is obsessed with this kind of things.
The Conference itself was a huge success: since my boss went to New York to coordinate the UN session, I was in charge of dealing with the Italian session at the EP Office, which was short but very fruitful. The whole conference is still available on the UN WebTV website and I strongly recommend you to take a quick look at it, as it is very interesting and stimulating: it surely was, for me, the best conference I have ever organised.
Talking about MUN though, I am now part of the fantastic team in charge of the organisation of the biggest MUN in the world – The Global Indian Model United Nations Conference! If you want to know more, join us at tgimunc.com/apply/ and be sure to choose the UNIDO Committee, which I will co-chair!